Irvin: Pritzker’s Anti-Police Law Remains Biggest Challenge for Law Enforcement (Aurora, IL) — As election season is in full swing and the legislative session comes to an end, Illinois Democrats are scrambling to come up with “crime proposals” to combat their record of siding with criminals over police, rather than proposals to actually combat crime.
One proposal unveiled yesterday would give officers “incentives” to stay on the job as law enforcement agencies across the state are seeing a wave of resignations and retirements after the SAFE-T Act became law. The incentives dangled by Democrats include day care grants and allowing police officers to buy their badge after they retire.
Absent from the Democrats’ package was the biggest incentive law enforcement needs right now: any proposal to repeal the dangerous and misguided provisions of the SAFE-T Act, including abolishing cash bail, allowing anonymous complaints against police officers, and dangerous changes to electronic monitoring rules that enabled accused criminals to commit more crimes.
Just last week, a new report uncovered dozens of criminals have reoffended, from armed robbery to murder, after a new provision of SAFE-T Act took effect in January that allows criminals on home confinement 48 hours of unmonitored movement to roam freely.
“Our law enforcement agencies across the state are struggling with low morale and depleted work forces because they don’t feel supported by our state’s leadership, and no amount of ‘incentives’ can erase those sentiments,” said Irvin for Illinois campaign spokesperson Eleni Demertzis. “Our men and women who wear the badge deserve our full support, and that starts with repealing the dangerous policies in the SAFE-T Act.”
Irvin: Pritzker’s Anti-Police Law Remains Biggest Challenge for Law Enforcement